Cheops Reveals a Rugby Ball-shaped Exoplanet

Artist impression of planet WASP-103b and its host star. (Credit: ESA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — ESA’s exoplanet mission Cheops has revealed that an exoplanet orbiting its host star within a day has a deformed shape more like that of a rugby ball than a sphere. This is the first time that the deformation of an exoplanet has been detected, offering new insights into the internal structure of these star-hugging planets.

The planet, known as WASP-103b is located in the constellation of Hercules. It has been deformed by the strong tidal forces between the planet and its host star WASP-103, which is about 200 degrees hotter and 1.7 times larger than the Sun.

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PLD Space to Launch MIURA 1 Suborbital Rocket From “El Arenosillo” Experimentation Center

ARION1 booster (Credit: PLD Space)

ELCHE, Spain (PLD Space PR) — MIURA 1, the suborbital rocket developed by PLD Space, will be launched from “El Arenosillo” Experimentation Center (CEDEA), of INTA, during the third quarter of 2019. This technological demonstrator, whose development began in 2011, is designed to provide scientific and commercial access to space from Spain.

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GLXP News: Barcelona Moon Team Adds INTA

BMT PR — Barcelona Moon Team is proud to announce the incorporation of the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) to the team on its way to the moon.

INTA is the Public Research Organization specialized in aerospace research and technology development. Among its main functions it is worth mentioning the adquisition, maintenance and continuous improvement of all those technologies that can be applied to the aerospace field; performing all types of tests to check, approve and certify materials, components equipment items, subsystems and systems that have an aerospace application; to provide technical assessment and services to official bodies and agencies, and also to industrial or technological companies; and to act as a technological centre d for the Ministry of Defence.

INTA will provide the team with electronic equipment to the lunar lander and the rover (including the power subsystem, the onboard computer, attitude control and navigation sensors, communications with the rover, etc), and the support during the operational phase through the satelite control center of the institute, with the participation of the stations of Maspalomas and Robledo de Chavela.